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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring Database                        Notes                        Links/Archive Reports
1 FuśniakJózefSierżantWarrant Officer78094510.05.1922 WarszawaPolandAir GunnerMedal Lotniczy

BEM
PAFBomber Command301 Sqd Polish
1942-07-21WellingtonIVZ1406GR-GHemswell2336DuisburgExploded in mid air when hit by flak near Wanne-Eidkel in Holland. Parts of the a/c fell on to the town of HernePOW. Died 04.07.2017 Bexleyheath UK




Cambridge Crematorium
Further details Archiwum Polish Database Z1406
2 FuśniakJózefSierżantWarrant Officer78094510.05.1922 WarszawaPolandAir GunnerMedal Lotniczy

BEM
PAFBomber Command18 OTU1942-01-30WellingtonIVN2848Training
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: On January 30, 1942, he took off for a training flight on board the Wellington I G (N2848). The rest of the crew were: instructor Cpt. pil. Czesław Kujawa and students: Second Lt. pil. Jerzy Polczyk, see obs. Tadeusz Biegański, Sgt. Jan Sadowski and Cpl. Gunner Jan Tokarzewski. During the flight, the crew was surprised by a snowstorm, which caused the pilots to lose their orientation completely. They tried unsuccessfully to follow a course to base by visual navigation. At. At 12:15, with minimal visibility, their Wellington collided with a stone wall almost two meters high on Buckden Pike Hill in Yorkshire. The plane rolled several hundred meters over the hill, crashing completely. Four airmen died on the spot, and the fifth - Sgt. Jan Sadowski - was badly injured.

Fuśniak was thrown into the snow from a rear firing point detached from the hull and suffered a fracture of his left leg. Despite the great pain, he wrapped his injured companion in a parachute to protect him from cooling down. Sam went for help, leaning on a fragment of a crashed plane. For several hours he crawled behind the fox's footprints in the snow, hoping to reach a farm or other human settlement. On the way he had to overcome, among others stone walls, which, combined with the low temperature, leg injury and shock after the crash, made the journey extremely difficult. Finally, heavily chilled, he reached the village of Cray, located nearly two kilometers in a straight line from the Buckden Pike summit. He was spotted there by two people and transferred to the White Lion Inn. He was given first aid there and then an ambulance was called. Due to snowdrifts on the roads, it took some time to arrive and take the wounded gunner to Skipton General Hospital. The owners of the inn also notified the services about a second aviator waiting to be rescued in the wreckage. Due to difficult weather conditions, the search for the crashed plane was stopped and only started the next day. By that time, Sadowski had died. In 1973, thanks to his efforts, a monument was erected on Buckden Pike to commemorate the comrades killed in the crash. The monument standing there to this day consists of a cross, a fox figure and a plaque with the words: "Thanksgiving to God, the Parker family and local people and in memory of five Polish RAF airmen who died here on 31/1/42 - buried in Newark - Signed: The Survivor "




Buckden Peak Memorial

Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1942-07-21 Wellington lV Z1406 GR-G 301 Sqd Takeoff at 23:36 hrs for an operation to Duisburg in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Exploded in mid-air when coned by searchlights and hit by heavy Flak. Wreckage fell onto the town of Herne. Sgt Fusniak was blown from his turret (Rear Gunner) and landed by parachute near some railway tracks. Even though he was badly wounded and in shock he managed to climb aboard a coal train. Unfortunately, he was found during a search on the German-Dutch border. He spent a month in hospital before being transferred to Lamsdorf: AIR81/16578 - Crew: Flying Officer Cezary LEWICKI (P/0968), Flying Officer Boleslaw Eugeniusz PESZKOWSKI (P/1097) killed, Flying Officer Kazimierz KUCZA (P/1467), Sergeant Robert Bronislaw MALISZEWSKI (P/780393), Pilot Officer Piotr KUDERSKI (P/1724), Warrant Officer Józef Fusniak (780945): PoW Stalag 344 Lamsdorf. PoW Number 25108

Sergeant Józef Fuśniak lived in Bexleyheath near London. In 2016, he moved to a retirement home in Cambridge. He died on July 4, 2017 at the age of 95. His farewell took place at the Cambridge Crematorium. From June 30, 1945, he was married to Jessica Blaikie, they had two children.

Surviv ed. Later POW. Died 04.07.2017 Bexleyheath UK




Cambridge Crematorium
Further details Archiwum Polish Database N2848
3 KuczaKazimierzPorucznikFlying OfficerP.1467Born 30 March 1914 Gawłuszowice Mielec (Age 28 when killed)PolandNavigatorKrzyz Walecznych (x2)

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

PAFBomber Command301 Sqd (Polish)
1942-07-21WellingtonIVZ1406GR-GRAF Hemswell23:36DuisburgExploded in mid air when hit by flak near Wanne-Eidkel in Holland. Parts of the a/c fell on to the town of HerneKilled on Operational FlightPAF Memorial, Northolt, Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot XXVII Row F Grave 4




Reichswald Germany
Further details Archiwum Polish Database Z1406
4 KuderskiPiotrPodporucznik StrzelecPilot OfficerP.1724Born 27 June 1914 Augustów (Age 28 when killed)PolandAir GunnerMedal Lotniczy (x2)

PAFBomber Command301 Sqd (Polish)
1942-07-21WellingtonIVZ1406GR-GRAF Hemswell23:36DuisburgExploded in mid air when hit by flak near Wanne-Eidkel in Holland. Parts of the a/c fell on to the town of HerneKilled on Operational FlightPAF Memorial, Northolt, Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot Xxvii Row F Grave 2




Reichswald Germany
Further details Archiwum Polish Database Z1406
5 LewickiCezaryPorucznik PilotFlying OfficerP.0968Born 12 June 1919 Ciechanów (Age 23 when killed)PolandPilotVirtuti Militari

Krzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

PAFBomber Command301 Sqd (Polish)
1942-07-21Wellington IVZ1406GR-GRAF Hemswell23:36DuisburgExploded in mid air when hit by flak near Wanne-Eidkel in Holland. Parts of the a/c fell on to the town of HerneKilled on Operational FlightPAF Memorial, Northolt, Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot Xxvii Row F Grave 1




Reichswald Germany
Further details Archiwum Polish Database Z1406
6 MaliszewskiRobert BronisławStarszy Szeregowiec Radio Operator StrzelecelecSergeantP.780393Born 31 May 1922 (Age 20)PolandRadio Operator / Air GunnerMedal Lotniczy

PAFBomber Command301 Sqd (Polish)
1942-07-21WellingtonIVZ1406GR-GRAF Hemswell23:36DuisburgExploded in mid air when hit by flak near Wanne-Eidkel in Holland. Parts of the a/c fell on to the town of HerneKilled on Operational FlightPAF Memorial, Northolt, Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot Xxvii Row F Grave 3




Reichswald, Kleve, Germany
Further details Archiwum Polish Database Z1406
7 PeszkowskiBolesław EugeniuszPorucznik PilotFlying OfficerP.1097Born 8 October 1912 Stryszów Wadowice (Age 30 when killed)PolandPilotKrzyz Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

PAFBomber Command301 Sqd (Polish)
1942-07-21WellingtonZ1406GR-GRAF Hemswell23:36DuisburgExploded in mid air when hit by flak near Wanne-Eidkel in Holland. Parts of the a/c fell on to the town of HerneKilled in Action, on Operational FlightReichswald Forest War Cemetery Plot 27 Row F Grave 5/Polish War Memorial RAF Northolt Panel ?




Reichswald, Kleve, Germany
Further details Archiwum Polish Database Z1406

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